venerdì 2 agosto 2019

An Imp of Aether, W.H. Pugmire

An Imp of Aether, cover art by Andrea Bonazzi
My cover art for An Imp of Aether, the last short stories collection by the late W.H. Pugmire, edited by S.T. Joshi and published by Hippocampus Press.

Mia copertina per An Imp of Aether, l'ultima raccolta di racconti dello scomparso W.H. Pugmire, pubbblicata da Hippocampus Press a cura di S.T. Joshi.

The passing of Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire in the spring of 2019 was a grievous blow to his many friends, colleagues, and devotees, but his literary legacy is likely to endure for decades to come. In this volume, which spans the spectrum of his work from the 1980s to the present day, Pugmire demonstrates why he became perhaps the leading proponent of Lovecraftian short fiction in his time.

Several tales are set in Pugmire’s Sesqua Valley — a parallel to Lovecraft’s Arkham Country, and based on the Pacific Northwest topography he knew from a lifetime’s residence. But beyond the mere evocation of landscape, Pugmire’s tales are enlivened by the presence of vivid, piquant characters—male and female, gay and straight, sinister and naïve, all of whom contribute to the atmosphere of refined strangeness that was Pugmire’s signature achievement.

But Pugmire’s work extended well beyond mere Lovecraftian pastiche, and in such tales as “The Barrier Between” and “The Boy with the Bloodstained Mouth” he demonstrates both originality and skill in weird creation. In sum, this volume is a testament to the pioneering imagination of one of the most distinctive writers of his generation.

An Imp of Aether, back coverInfo:

An Imp of Aether
W.H. Pugmire
Hippocampus Press, 2019
paperback, 232 pages, $20.00
ISBN 9781614982760

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